At the moment I’m of the opinion that Lean is very good but not great, obviously I’ve got a few more films of his to see though. For what it’s worth, at the moment I do prefer him to Sofia Coppola ;)
All or Nothing may well be Leigh’s worst film (I’ve got a few more to see, but I’ll be shocked if any of them are that bad…). Naked is my favourite Leigh film, glad you loved it :)
I’m definitely more interested in Brief Encounter seeing you rate it above Lawrence.
can I join this?
B & Č (1981, Lithuania) : very sad short film. flickering black and white. stormy weather. emptiness.
Don (1958, Korea) : Hitchcock type legacy Korean cinema. more Hitchcock style than Hitchcock main feature.
You should definitely watch Brief Encounter, House! Oh my gosh what a beautiful and heartbreaking film.
clockworkdaisyblues, ’course you can join! :)
@Clockwork: The more the merrier.
@Will: It’s on Netflix Instant, so I’ve just added it. No telling when I’ll get to it, but your recommendation carries some weight.
This movie is like McDonald’s, satisfying for the moment but after half an hour you realize it had too little content.
I second Brief Encounter
“This was kind of a let down, especially recently having seen The Thing. Based on its reputation I expected something completely superior to the slasher films I saw in the 90s. It is superior, but it uses the same basic cliches. Dense characters who ignore obvious signs something is wrong and assume the villain is dead just because he fell down.”
The Thing is a superior film in all departments imo. The script for Halloween is retarded and could have been written by a 10 year old. The dialogue is bad, most of the acting is bad, and it’s really all about atmosphere. You can’t say it has one genuinely good performance in it, not even by Jamie Lee(although she is decent compare to the annoying TOTALLY!!!! girl)
I like Halloween a lot, but i’m not sure how impressed i would be if i saw it today, rather than at the age of 12, when i wasn’t as familiar with horror.
Saw is retarted, not Halloween…
….and I truly hope the naysayers DON’T like the Rob Zombie renovations, ugh….
Yeah…what’s with HALLOWEEN, man? (Answer: Maybe the ultimate Carpenter score, but that’s it….and ESCAPE and ASSAULT’s scores are serious challengers)
Dim, the script for Halloween is retarded. even more than Saw. it has zero ideas. The intelligence of that film is in the way Carpenter/Cundey shot it. that’s what makes the film, not the script.
^ You’ve got to be kidding me if you think films like Saw and Hostel are less retarted than Halloween…
camp scenario > torture porn scenario, any day of the week….
^^The Saw films are more retarded, i agree, but i’m not talking about the films. i’m talking about the scripts ;-) In terms of the way Halloween is shot and realised, it’s 10,000 times better than those films, which i hate btw.
^ The Saw script is a zillion times worse than Halloween, c’mon, that’s pretty obvious, who even remotely thinks horror films like Saw can have better “ideas” than Halloween is beyond me…
“What makes you think they don’t believe every word?”
Because they’re politicians, and they’re talking. Also, if they believed every word, those words would be more internally consistent.
I’m not a huge fan of Lawrence of Arabia. It’s a good film but some of the characterization is awkward. It’s the sort of movie that’s based on history, but due to the historical inaccuracies can only be watched as a work of fiction. As a work of fiction, some of the characters’ motivations just don’t track.
Halloween has its flaws but I’d still take it over its imitators and all those new slasher flicks that are just about startle scares and hacking up obnoxious teenagers.
….some of the characterization is awkward……..some of the characters’ motivations just don’t track.
You’re not talking about Lawrence there, right?
Part of what we are watching is the juxtaposition of personality with history in terms of the agency of Lawrence.
That dynamic is what the film is about – historical facts are not…. uh, a primary consideration. If it was pure fiction, it would still be insightful to an understanding the relationship of individuals to the flow of history.
“Rollover” (1981) d. Alan J. Pakula starring Jane Fonda and Kris Kristofferson.
The romance between Fonda and Kristofferson is frosty and fairly unconvincingly acted (but perhaps this is in some way the point) in this otherwise taut and prophetic thriller in which Pakula shifts his traditional focus from politics to finance. It eerily presages the 2009 global financial crisis. Pakula fans/completists should give it a look.
Available on iTunes in the US.
Last movies I saw were ‘Beginners’, by Mike Mills and I would rate it as 8.5 / 10. It was a tender and moving film and Christopher Plummer is simply brilliant. The other one is the argentinian comedy ‘Un cuento chino’, with Ricardo Darín in the main role. I’d give it a 6/10 because of the the odd news sketches, but it’s nothing out of this world.
I’m referring more to Lawrence’s primary allies. They struck me as pigeonholed, like Lean had a central thesis for the film in mind and shoehorned the characters in to fit that thesis.
A possible reason for that is to make Lawrence seem out of place.
Creator (1985): Peter O Toole and Mariel Hemingway sure make an odd couple, but the film only comes to life when she is onscreen and somehow, she can sell anything. David Ogden Stiers also contributes great support work and there are some insights about belief and science funding that make this a pretty good little film. It is from Ivan Passer (Cutter’s Way) and streaming on netflix, the kind of film that could have been great with a few edits and casting tweaks but as it stands
^^O’Toole is great in it!!
really, I thought it would have been better with a different lead. I never really bought his friendship with Spano or even his longing for his wife. I would have cast Michael Caine or even (something different) Kirk Douglas
That’s funny, when Spano’s on screen in most of his movies I have a problem believing people could like him too! (Meaning maybe O’Toole wasn’t the real problem.) I also liked Virginia Madsen in Creator, and would possibly consider agreeing about Hemingway if she wasn’t saddled with that awful hairstyle. Although I’m not entirely sure of that even as what you say about her energy is true, I found her to be a bit too much in several of the scenes and off-tone in general, but if you liked that I guess one could say she was on and the rest of the film was off instead.
13 Assassins 7/10
Sweet Movie 5/10
If you’re de-sensitized to shock value, all you’re left with is a lot of cute ideas executed annoyingly.